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Holy Ground is a church where diverse spiritual seekers and skeptics are pursuing God with our whole hearts, our entire minds, and all the strength we can muster. As a church community, we are collectively rooted in the progressive Episcopal and Lutheran expressions of Christianity, yet our spiritual journeys joyfully transcend denominations, labels, categories, and boxes. And while we come from a wide range of religious (and non-religious) backgrounds, we find unity through our commitments to live more authentically and boldly, to follow Jesus into surprising places, and to discover transformation where we least expect it. We are an LGBTQ-affirming community, we care passionately about social justice, and we are striving to deeply embrace the multi-cultural diversity of our wonderful home: Long Beach, California. Finally, we are one community with multiple expressions: a worship service on Sunday evenings, a midweek gathering focused on growing and deepening our faith in a relational context, and an interfaith campus ministry at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB).
Sunday Evening Worship
Each Sunday at 5:00 PM, we create sacred space in which we seek a deep encounter with God, with one another, and with our deepest selves. Our worship service will engage your mind, body, and spirit – honoring both ancient traditions and contemporary expressions of faith. We creatively remix the historic liturgy of the church in ways that speak to our present-day realities and challenge us into fresh new ways of living. Worship takes place in the chapel of Our Saviour's Church @ 370 Junipero Avenue. Scripture readings for worship are here.
A diverse group of spiritual sojourners gathers every Wednesday at 7:00 PM for prayer, fellowship, theological investigation, Bible study, and (of course) good food. Our gatherings take place in a relaxed, intimate, conversational setting that feels a lot like a living room. We think a comfortable, homey space helps us to ask bigger, harder questions and build deeper community. Wednesday gatherings happen at the rear of Our Saviour's Church @ 370 Junipero Avenue (enter the parking lot via Carroll Park North; we meet in the room at the far end of the parking lot, near the playground).
CSULB Interfaith Project
We are the founders and facilitators of the CSULB Interfaith Project, which provides a wide array of opportunities for students to build interfaith relationships, learn about diverse religious traditions, and participate in interfaith-oriented events and programs. We're open to all CSULB students and offer a vibrant atmosphere for spiritual and religious exploration.